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Target protesters greet the president

Protesters hold signs opposed to a new Target store in Kailua as President Barack Obama passes by in a motorcade Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Protesters hold signs opposed to a new Target store in Kailua as President Barack Obama passes by in a motorcade Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Protesters opposed to a Target store in Kailua greeted the president and first lady as their motorcade left their vacation home this morning.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle left their vacation home just after 8 a.m.

A small group of protesters held signs asking Obama to save small town Kailua just outside the security checkpoint. One of the signs read "No Big Box Store in Kailua."

Another said "Support Small LOCAL Business."

Target plans to open a store in Kailua in 2012 where the Don Quijote store is located.

Target estimates the store will draw 10 to 15 percent more traffic into the business district and plans $1 million in traffic improvements.

The President will now depart Hawaii late in the evening on Jan. 3, arriving in Washington in the afternoon of Jan. 4, according to spokesman Bill Burton.

"After the extended lame duck and five-day delay of his trip here, he's just trying to squeeze in more time with his family before returning to Washington," Burton said.

Copyright Hawaii News Now 2010. All rights reserved. Associated Press contributed to this story.

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